Northern Cross Country Championships

Saturdays Northern CC Champs on a fast but tough, Pontefract Racecourse, saw our Senior Men retain the team Champs for a third year, despite having people missing. 

Roll on the National in 4 weeks and a hopeful Team Gold to go with Team wins at Greater Manchester, Cheshire, MACCL and Northerns, with the National to make a clean sweep of titles.

A great win for Jack Spark in the Under 13's. He teamed up with FREDDIE MEREDITH, JOSH COLQUHOUN-LYNN and ED LORD to retain the team title.

We also retained the U20 women’s team title due to fine performance from AINE CUNNINGHAM, JULIET DOWNS and CLAUDIA COWAN.

Our U13, U15, and U17 all finished 4th whilst the U15 girls B team finished 2nd in its category. Our highest place finishers were LARA CRAWFORD (7th), KATIE STRINGER (10TH) and JASMINE REED (13th) whilst our other counters were SARA CLOUGH, AVA CLOUGH,CARMEN SAFRANAUSKAS, NIAMH BOYD, IZZY BURKE, TAYLOR EDWARDS, AKIRA EDGSON, OLIVIA BROWN, LIBBY HILL, OLIVIA NOLAN, EMILY HALL, ALYSSA DAVEY and HANNAH WITCHALLS. Two years ago, we won both the U15 and U17 team race s and finished runners up in the U13’s and hope to be back amongst the medals next year.

In the U15 boy’s race we finished 11th team due to fine runs from WILL PARKER, ALEX JAMES, JAMES KNOCTON and CHARLIE TITTENSOR.

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After an early battle with Leeds, our men consolidated and moved through strongly to higher places as Leeds fell away, leaving us with a comfortable win, in fact the position of our 10th or 11th racer would still have given us a win.

Nigel Martin had a great run in 5th as last year, just off from the top three, Luke Betts had a really strong run in 12th as did a fast finishing Euan Gilchrist in 15th. Close behind him were Phil Robertson and Callum Rowlinson, battling to the line in 21st and 22nd. Showing a young team coming through for another successful era to take us forward into the 2020's.

The men retained their title for the 3rd successive year, the first time the senior men have had such a string of success in this championship. Virtually all the winning team six counters improved on their finishing positions from last year’s championships.

Dan Kashi our 6th counter had to battle strongly to the line, as Gaz Raven and Matt Barnes were breathing down his neck, James Wignall was not far behind them too. Sam Aspinwall was finishing strongly and frustratingly missed a top 100 by a few seconds, whilst registering a 10k P.B. out there,  and his placing could still have given us Team Gold.

There were also strong runs from other Veterans behind Gaz and Matt, from Steve McCarron, Richard Edwards, Matt Spragg, Olly Gaillemin, Mike Ashby, Steve Gavin and Paul Barrett.

Under 20 Women were strong again, with Aine Cunningham with a really strong finish in 12th and Juliet Downs a few strides behind in 13th, whilst Claudia Cowan starting to come back to fitness in 21st. Zara Thompson's placing backing them up, could still have given them a win. Moving on to try to retain their National title in 4 weeks.

No medals for the Senior Women, but top runs from Lancs Champ, Katie Hewison and Greater Manchester Champ Danielle Fegan, with Ellen Downs battling to a high place after recent illness. Because of missing athletes, Team Manager Clare McCarron stepped up to finish not far out of the top 100, despite still hurting from a recent broken toe. Sarah Goulden also ran strongly to show her recent more steady progression and strong running once. The team had a solid 6th place and not far from team medals, despite so many missing. There will be a large strong squad at the Nationals in 4 weeks and another Team Gold is looking likely.

N.B. I will send separate event details out to those guys I entered & are racing in 4 weeks, but look on ECCA website also. 

If people want a minibus to Leeds, shout out now to gauge numbers, (+ volunteer driver), as I have to pay £15 for a parking pass and arrange with a driver to book the minibus.

Keith Hunter


When it comes to competing and coaching, every New Year is full of hope, expectation, determination…and maximum effort! And this one started off with a fantastic meeting for the athletes under my guidance.

The Northern Athletics U17 / U20 / Senior Championships, held last weekend (January 12th and 13th) saw them winning 2 gold championship performances, 2, silvers, 3 bronze medals…and achieving a host of PB’s. First up was the very talented Morgan Frith. After a long layoff from a rugby injury, he achieved an excellent 6.29 to clinch Bronze Medal on his first jump.

Way to go, Morgan!

Second was Clash of the Titans. Kevin Metzger and Seun Okome (ranked 1 & 2 in the country ) and Jonny Ferryman (ranked 5). In all age groups. These three really took it to the edge!

It was like watching a ping pong ball going back and fro across the table. Kevin thought he finally got the better of his training partner Seun, with a championship leap of 15.68.

But Seun had other ideas. He came over to me and said; “Coach, I got to do something!” And that’s when he responded with a winning leap of 15.84. A fantastic effort.

It was a massive result for the trio who took all 3 medals, with Jonny Ferryman taking bronze medal

Elsewhere, the U20 Womens triple jump featured Rebecca Keen who, after struggling with her run-up for 5 rounds, gritted her teeth, pulled out all the stops, and snatched the bronze medal with a superb jump of 11.21.

Malissa Booth

And then there’s Malissa Booth

Malissa, only 14 years old and around 5’5 tall, had a fantastic weekend. It began on the Saturday with silver medal and PB in the U17 girls’ long jump (5.58). She’s now ranked number 2 in long jump in the UK in her age group . The following day (in the triple jump) with tired legs from her silver medal performance the day before, she stood on the runway about to go off the 11-metre board..the only one to do so.

Malissa’s mum said to me later; “ When they moved the board from the 9 to the 11 my heart missed a beat.” She needn’t have worried.

Malissa’s first jump was 11.48, and she ended the competition with a giant leap of 11.84. She’s now ranked number 1 for triple jump in the UK in her age group…and overall ranked 5th in the country in all age groups.

Finally, special mentions have to go Daisy Keighley and Joe Grey. Daisy achieved a long jump PB of 5.25. This time last year she jumped 4.64…so, a big leap forward. And Joe Grey’s all 6 jumps were all 6 PB’s!. He ended with 5.95

It was a fantastic weekend for my athletes. Well done all of you. It’s times like this that makes competing, and coaching, an absolute delight.

 A scenic road race through rural countryside, passing through the Cheshire villages of Dunham on the Hill, Mouldsworth, Manley, Alvanley and Helsby with 170m of climbing.

 Dave Rodgers

A good day at the Essar Four Villages Half Marathon for Nick Barry, after his 3rd place at the Manchester XC league last week, another great 3rd place finish at Helsby, taking a good 2mn38s chunk off his P.B. with 69:19 and Nathan Harrison finished 5th, also knocking a 1min13s of his P.B. with 70:00, after his 7th place in Heaton Park last week. 

The event was also the Northern Masters AC Half Marathon Championships.

Anne Chinoy was 2nd in L45 & won the gold medal in the Northern Masters Half Marathon Championships. 

Sinead ferguson was the Northern Masters Half Marathon Championships L40 Champion.

Lots of fantastic runs and PBs from Robert Fairbanks, Rob MarsdenAlistair Kell, massive PB by Wendy Terry and also Julia Reynolds. Great runs also by Lynda Rowlinson, Carla Ousey and Richard Ousey.

 Personal Bests Achieved by Sale Harriers at the Winter Indoor Series 2018/19

  60 metres        
    Kevin Metzger U23M   6.91secs
    Calllum Dowd U23M   7.39secs
    Djavam Pedro U17M   7.68secs
    Regan Walker U20W   7.89 secs
    Osarumen Odemwengie U17W   8.02secs
    Praise Owoeye U17W   8.03secs
    Maya Curry U17W   8.03secs
    Basil Zola U15M   8.05secs
    Morgan White u15M   8.23secs
    Sophie Ashurst U17W   8.25secs
    Favour Joseph U15W   8.39seca
    Scarlett Whittaker U17W   8.49secs
    Ella Wilson U17W   8.51secs
    Shayon Fryer-Francis U17W   8.55secs
    Sofija Dragisic-Wood U17W   8.69secs
    Thea Brown U13W   8.75secs
    Holly Garner U13W   8.89secs
    Tia  Grover U13W   8.94secs
    Ellise Fryer-Francis U15W   9.05secs
    Becca McLynn U15W   9.17secs
    Ellie Wolfenden U15W   9.21secs
    Tommy Oladiti U20M   24,46secs
    Jotham Benabeni U17M   25.03secs
    Natachi Nwosu U15W   27.31secs
    Kia-Lucia Clarkson U17W   27.59secs
    Holly Garner U13W   30.01secs
    Rory Keen U20M   80.57secs
    Tommy Oladiti U20M   85.86secs
    Ben Healy U20M   91.38secs
    Alex Armstrong-Bond U20M   92.20secs
    Stephanie Moss U20W   94.43secs
    Laure Kidukula U17W   95.18secs
    Ruby Bell U17W   97.54secs
    Ben Dargan U17M   98.06secs
    Tess McHugh U20W   98.27secs
    Tommy Oladiti U20M   2m 03.63s
    Ben Healy U20M   2m 26.52s
  60m Hurdles        
    Harry Boyd U20M   9.80secs
    Sofija Dragisic-Wood U17W   9.45secs
    Sophie Ashurst U17W   9.63secs
    Scarlett Whittaker U17W   9.72secs
    Ella Wilson U17W   10.09secs
    Hermione Mason U15W   9.44secs
    Ellise Fryer-Francis U15W   10.07secs
  Pole Vault        
    Shona Wilkinson U15W   2m 20cm
    Ellie Wolfenden U15W   2m 10cms
  High Jump        
    Shane Connell U20M   2m 09cm
    Aron Thomas U17M   1m 90cm
    Ella Wilson U17W   1m 60cm
    Sofija Dragisic-Wood U17W   9m 17cm
    Jasmine Richardson U15W   8m 47cm
  Note:   Full results are available on the Power of 10.    


After the 4th and penultimate match at Heaton Park, Sale look likely to medal in seven of the eight young athlete age-groups and have in fact already secured the U13 girl’s, U15 girl’s and U13 boy’s team titles.

JACK SPARK extended his unbeaten run in the U13 boy’s race to secure the individual league title and teamed up with FREDDIE MEREDITH, MATTHEW GARDNER and GEORGE NOBLE to win the team race. Our U13 girl’s team remains unbeaten and have now won the team title for five successive years. Our team consisted of JASMINE REED and SARA & AVA CLOUGH whilst CARMEN SAFRANAUSKAS, IZZY APPLEBY, HOLLY NEWTON and ELLIE GILDART were first B team

Our U15 girl’s team of TAYLOR EDWARDS, IZZY BURKE and JASMINE STOCKTON lost the team race by one point but had already done enough to win the overall team title whilst LIBBY HILL, AVA TAYLOR, OLIVIA BROWN and LUCY ARMITAGE were first B team. Our U15 boy’s team of WILL PARKER, LUKE CHINOY and CHARLIE TITTENSOR finished 5th in this match but should still finish 3rd in the overall team championships.

Our U17 women’s team of ALLYSSA DAVEY, ANOUSKA BROOKS, LAURA HOLE and NINA WILLIAMS finished 2nd and will finish runners up in the overall team championships provided they finish a team in the final match.

It was particularly encouraging that 23 members of the Primary Section represented the club in the U11 races. In the girl’s race, we showed great strength in depth with two teams in the first three out of nineteen teams. EVA KARALIUS, ISOBEL HALL and AVA BYGRAVE were 2nd to Stockport whilst OPHELIA JONES, BETH TITTENSOR and LIZ SINCLAIR were 3rd team (1st B team). We also finished 1st C, D, and E teams. Well done to IMOGEN HILL, MADDY HOLT, MEGAN JOHNSON, SCARLET WRIGHT, JESS TERRY, LILY OLDALE, SUZANNAH FORD, AMY YORK and ANNABELLE ARGYROPOULUS. We look likely to finish runners-up in the overall team championships.

In the U11 boy’s race, our team of BEN KEELEY, LIAM O’BRIEN and JAMES O’BRIEN ran well to finish 3rd out of eighteen teams and will finish 3rd overall with a similar result in the last match. Our B team of FRASER SINCLAIR, JOE SPARK and ALEX FRASER again won their category.

With thanks to Dark Star Photography for the majority of these photographs.
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